Does approach significantly affect cup positioning in total hip arthroplasty?
Radiographic cup position following posterior and lateral approach to total hip arthroplasty. An explorative randomized controlled trialPLoS One. 2018 Jan 29;13(1):e0191401
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80 patients scheduled for primary total hip arthroplasty were randomized to surgery completed through either a lateral approach or a posterior approach. Primary outcomes were cup inclination and anteversion, as well as the number of cups placed outside of Lewinnek "target zone" (40+/-10deg inclination; 15+/-10deg anteversion). While results for mean cup inclination and anteversion demonstrated significant differences between groups, the rate of cups placed outside the Lewinnek safe zone was similar between groups.
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Why was this study needed now?
The approach used in total hip arthroplasty may significantly influence acetabular cup positioning, though few randomized controlled trials have been completed with an emphasis on cup alignment when comparing different approaches. Two of the most common approaches used in THA are the posterior and lateral approaches, and this study sought to compare postoperative acetabular cup angles between the two approaches.
What was the principal research question?
In total hip arthroplasty, does the posterior approach lead to significantly greater cup anteversion and significantly lower cup inclination when compared to the lateral approach?
What were the important findings?
- Cup anteversion was significantly different between the posterior approach group (15+/-8.4deg) and the lateral approach group (10+/-5.9deg) (p=0.006). A total of 10 cups in the posterior approach group (six <5deg; four >25deg) and 6 cups in the lateral approach group (all <5deg) were outside of the target 15+/-10 deg anteversion.
- Cup inclination was significantly different between the posterior approach group (42+/-5.9deg) and the lateral approach group (47+/-3.6deg). (p<0.001). A total of 4 cups in the posterior approach group and 5 cups (all >50deg) in the lateral approach group (all >50 deg) were outside the target 40+/-10 deg inclination.
- A total of 11 cups in each group were placed outside the target zone.
- Leg length discrepancy did not significantly differ between the posterior approach group (1.9+/-5.2mm) and the lateral approach group (3.4+/-5.0mm).
What should I remember most?
In total hip arthroplasty, the posterior approach led to significantly lower cup anteversion and lower cup inclination when compared to the lateral approach, but similar rates of cup placement within the Lewinnek target zone were observed between groups.
How will this affect the care of my patients?
The results of this study suggest that the two approaches do significantly differ in cup angles in total hip arthroplasty, though display similar incidence of cup placement within the Lewinnek safe zone. Longer term follow-up is necessary to determine the impact of the differences in anteversion and inclination between approaches on dislocation rates, as well as clinical and functional outcome measures.